Walk the thin blue line in four of the most realistic crime games ever created, packed with complex storylines and real-life mysteries that only a handful of real police officers ever face – or solve. You don’t just watch the action – you’re in the thick of it.
Be warned: make one mistake and the criminals will be back out on the streets.
Age requirements: ESRB Rating: TEEN with Animated Violence, Mild Language, Suggestive Themes, Violence. PEGI Rating: 16+ with Violence.
Minimum system requirements: Windows XP or Windows Vista, 1 GHz Processor (1.4 GHz recommended), 256MB RAM (512 recommended), 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7 (compatible with DirectX 9 recommended), Mouse, Keyboard.
Posted on 2011-01-18 10:22:20 byCy-Fox:
Police Quest was a well-lauded adventure/simulation series created as a joint effort between Sierra and retired California Highway Patrol officer Jim Walls, who was recovering from an injury sustained while on duty. The first three games place you in the shoes of officer Sonny Bonds in the city of Lytton, California.
Police Quest: In Pursuit of the Death Angel starts you off asread more a traffic/general enforcement officer that moves up into narcotics investigation and ends up putting down big time drug lord Jessie Bains. You face off against Bains again, this time working Homicide in Police Quest 2, which is where you stay in Police Quest 3, though for a time you'll start off as a sergeant in charge of the traffic unit.
Police Quest 4: Open Season, departs from the Lytton setting and Walls' design (who went off to work with Tsunami to create Blue Force) and this time enters Los Angeles and the designs of former LAPD Chief Daryl F. Gates (who regrettably passed away last year). While the first three games used painted backgrounds, sprites and the like, Police Quest 4 strove for a more photorealistic view.
All four games stress proper police procedure. It took me several tries and the advice of my dad (a retired Ohio deputy sheriff and small-town police chief) to clear a felony stop in PQ1's enhanced remake. But if that doesn't convince you, consider the many law enforcement agencies that used the series as a training tool.
It's classic Sierra, and if you've always wanted to know what it feels to wear the blues, you can't go wrong with the Police Quest series.
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Posted on 2011-01-18 11:25:51 bysirdilznik:
I grew up on Sierra On-Line adventure games and I love them to this day. They were the definitive adventure games of their time. The Police Quest series was a lot more serious and didn't have the humor of some of Sierra's other series (Space Quest, Leisure Suit Larry, etc...) but there was a big focus on realism and following procedure. While the games are quite old and haveread more not aged well graphically that doesn't stop them from being enjoyable. The attention to detail of these titles shines through regardless of how chunky the graphics look.
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Posted on 2011-01-18 15:42:00 bytrip2k:
I first played played Police Quest when I was about 9 and it blew me away. It showed me what games could be, real adventures. Fun, witty, adult and dangerous it was a real gem. The other three are excellent titles in their own right and push the series forward in numerous ways (story, graphics, even gameplay) but for me, the first PQ will always have a place in my gaming heart.
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